Automatic weapons are not available to the general public. The few that are are specially licensed as dealers samples by class 3 dealers. As to Semi automatic. During the Assault weapons ban the features that differed between compliance and noncompliance were primarily a bayonet lug, a pistol grip, a telescopic stock, aThat argument doesn't really wash either. It's full of excuses. Why do civilians require military style automatic and semi automatic weapons?
“Style“ is the operative word. There were not practical changes other than fixed magazine capacity akin to Canada. Yet practically then as now it had no real effect as the primary weapon of American gun crime is the pistol and revolver.
pistols are both used as the primary weapon in crime and against crime. It’s the weapon of choice in self defense and sport. It’s ability to conceal is a critical factor in that choice. Same rationale for mace or stun guns/tasers.That argument doesn't really wash either. It's full of excuses. Why do civilians require military style automatic and semi automatic weapons? There is no absolute need for civilians to have access to those under any circumstances. Pistols, why do civilians require access to pistols, especially the ability to carry them concealed? I live in a country which until recent times was one of the most highly armed in the world. Australia was very similar. When we had a couple of mass shootings, our respective governments tightened the gun laws. They have generally worked as well. Maybe it's because your average Aussie and Kiwi are somewhat more thoughtful towards their neighbours and more civic minded, rather than being self centred and focused fully on the individual.
Like John I too think that this'll go back and forth and I am just a Kiwi who doesn't give a rats arse how many yanks shoot one another in mass shootings. Not my part of ship.
Farther although reduced gun crime still happens in Australia and the UK. Despite bans. Although some have argued that it reduced murder rates those reductions were matched by reduction in the US and Europe as a global trend. Generally bans don’t effect professional criminals. They don’t care about the law at all. They only effectively work on cases where in the gun has been stolen or where a situation has arisen where in the owner or someone with access has become a danger. Yet in these cases other violent actions are often taken.
The second amendment first section talks about militias. This is as in the 1700s until the First World War American forces had a weak national army that was blustered by volunteers from towns and counties. Until even during the Civil war most brought their own weapons from home. The difference between a hunting weapon and a military weapon of that era and today primarily being a bayonet lug.
The view point of the American founding fathers was that in time of national or civil strife one has the right to defend themselves. So much so that it was included in the bill of rights and the second right after the right to a free speech. This group of the first ten amendments is called the Bill of rights as they are not organizational like the bulk of amendments but are akin to the American Magna Carta Libertatum. A set of rights recognized as foundational and critical to the function of the people and governments. Infringement of these rights being highly controversial as as a means of stripping freedoms. Amendments to these would basically be telling the people that all their rights are amendable from speech to search and seizure.